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Sensory play activity with rocks

We are huge fans of sensory play around here.  This super simple rock activity kept the kids occupied for a long time one day.  It doesn't take much to keep a couple of toddlers and preschoolers busy when you give them a bin of soapy water and something to clean!  Sensory play and fine motor play go hand in hand with this rock activity.
Sensory play with rocks


Sensory play with rocks

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sensory and fine motor fun with rocks
We started with a bin of river rocks that we've had for ages.  These little rocks were a little dusty from spending the winter outside.  before we could play with them, they needed a scrub down.  
A bin of warm soapy water, a colander, and clean water and we all we needed  to set up this easy activity.  Throw in a scrub brush and sponge and we were ready to go.

sensory activity for kids using rocks and soapy water.
Little Guy loved this activity.  He scrubbed the rocks clean!  Using the scrub brush is a great way to work on bilateral land coordination to hold the brush and the rock...and tripod grasp to hold the little rocks.

playing with rocks and a soapy bin of water is a great fine motor and sensory activity for kids.
Baby Girl got in on this soapy fun too.  This sensory activity was so neat to play with the suds and find the rocks at the bottom of the bin.

squeezing a sponge is a great fine motor exersice for kids.

Squeezing a sponge is a great way to work on gross grasp of the hands.  Little Guy said, "this is the best fun, Mom!" ...success!

washing rocks is a great fine motor and sensory activity for kids.

Our rocks were nice and scrubbed clean and ready for play.  And now to get them doing dishes...


  1. What a fun idea! We don't actually have any rocks right now, but I'll have to pick some up. I can't actually think of a time when my son has actually played with rocks. He's 18 months old, and parks/backyards where I live don't have them so he's never had a chance.

  2. Super simple...I love it! If you can't make it outside to find rocks, the dollar store usually has them too. Pinning!


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